I had a weather-related style challenge last week: how on earth do you stay smart and stylish in the snow when you have an event to go to?
You may have seen (if you’re outside the UK) that we had a very British snowmageddon last week, and although the snow has all but disappeared now Keith and I did manage to get a photo shoot done on Saturday before it melted. This was actually what I wore on Tuesday to London at the very beginning of the snow, and as I didn’t get to take outfit photos up there (mostly due to a total lack of time – my train was delayed by about an hour and a half) I recreated it this weekend.
The location? It’s the same Tudor House that appeared in last Monday’s outfit post, but this time we shot by the house and the entrance to the gardens… how fabulous does it look with a smattering of snow still on the ground…?!
I’m amazed that I came up with anything at all to wear for my trip to London – there were so many factors I had to consider that dictated what to wear.
I’m amazed that I came up with anything at all to wear for my trip to London – there were so many factors I had to consider that dictated what to wear. I ended up with the obligatory pile of tried-on clothes on the bed the evening before… what a nightmare! The event was actually an interview with Twiggy (aaaargh yes!! THE Twiggy!) which will appear on the blog soon; she’s launched a new range of Specsavers glasses so when I’ve had my eye test and new glasses [from her range] sorted I’ll feature them with the interview and all the pictures.
SHOP THE LOOK:
The factors I had to take into consideration were: comfort for train travelling; freezing temperatures and likely snow; walking to and from the venue; a practical way of carrying heavy stuff (laptop, camera, my hardback Twiggy book for her to sign), and something smart and stylish. Not an easy task. I liked the outerwear version of the outfit – I wasn’t so keen once the coat came off. The accessories and coat kind of made it… never mind.
I knew I definitely wanted to wear my new wide leg check trousers from & Other Stories so that was a starting point. (I wore them – not that you can see them – in the Revolution Makeup video shoot I took part in the other week. I loved them so much I bought myself a pair.) I’d worn my M&S flatform lace-ups on the day and I loved them with the trousers so they came next. They’re also crazy-comfortable and because I was planning to walk to the event in case of unreliable or delayed tubes and taxis they made sense for walking.
Turns out I DID walk from Paddington to Knightsbridge in the end – I cut straight across Hyde Park in a snow blizzard. So luckily I wore a hat (hat hair is better than wet, snow-drenched hair) and a coat warm enough for the cold, but something that was smart enough to meet Twiggy… hence the camel wrap coat.
A wool camel coat is one of the smartest, most classic coat styles you can buy – I’ve had mine several years and it’s appeared on the blog several times:
– Camel wrap coat with… a Vintage 70s Polka Dot Dress and Modern Retro Pieces
– Camel wrap coat with… a Bejewelled Beanie and Comfy Boots
– Camel wrap coat with… a Leopard Beret, White Pants and Heels
I’ve found several you can shop online if you scroll down – many of them are on sale now that it’s end of season. Wear it this winter, next winter and for many more after that.
The finishing touches were the scarf (a cotton one so I wouldn’t get a hot, sweaty neck under wool – I know, TMI…), the smart leather backpack to make walking and carrying heavy stuff easier, and the earrings. I bought these at Paddington station in a huge rush as soon as my train got in because I’d forgotten to pick up any at home. I wanted something bold because I knew I’d be photographed wearing different specs AND with Twiggy, and my somewhat plain top half of blue sweater and roll neck (I dressed for comfort and warmth) needed tszujing up. I literally bought the first ones that caught my eye and so I ended up with these statement disc earrings from Accessorize. And I love them – a great choice even if I say so myself…! 😉
So there you have it – smart and stylish in the snow. Except that I had to walk SO fast to make up for my delayed train that I arrived looking like a hot, sweaty mess. =Sorry Twiggy=
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WHICH PIECE OF THIS OUTFIT DO YOU LIKE BEST – THE COAT, THE TROUSERS, THE BAG OR THE SHOES? COMMENT BELOW…!
Coat: Look Again c/o, old (similar UK, similar US)
Trousers: & Other Stories
Scarf: Asos (I like this one)
Shoes: Marks & Spencer (also available in white and black)
Backpack: BearaBeara c/o
Hat: La Redoute c/o, old (similar)
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